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The RECARE WP4 & 5 teams invite you to participate in the
RECARE Training on Stakeholder Interaction
15-19 September 2014, Wageningen/Netherlands


The integrated trans-disciplinary approach of the RECARE project aims at initiating a process of co-production of knowledge and joint learning between relevant stakeholders from the local to the (sub-) national level. Thus, in each study site a range of different stakeholders (from land users, civil society organisations, local authorities to industry and government representatives) will actively be engaged in this process.

The training on stakeholder interaction in RECARE will empower project partners to interact with stakeholders relevant to their particular site in order to identify the soil threats and relevant countermeasures to be taken. Methodologies and materials will be introduced that will guide study site moderators to build up a stakeholder platform consisting of a variety of tools and approaches (e.g. contact points, social media, field days) in order to engage with the various stakes involved.

In the DESIRE project (2007-2012), a methodology was developed by the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) of the University of Bern. Based on the experiences gained in DESIRE and in view of the specific needs of RECARE, the existing materials are currently being adapted by the WP5 team and will form the basis for the upcoming stakeholder interaction training.

A second training will be held in March/April 2015 – maybe in combination with the next Plenary Meeting – will focus more on decision support, i.e. on how to select potential SLM solutions in a participatory way. For a timeline of major stakeholder activities in the RECARE project please see the Annex below.


Workshop Programme
A DETAILED workshop program can be downloaded HERE.

The following table gives a quick overview of the workshop program.

Mo 15/9  (9AM-5PM) 

Welcome, introduction to the workshop,

WP 4: Training on the RECARE stakeholder platform and its approaches in order to organize interaction with stakeholders who are related to the degradation and SLM at the study site (UNIBE, CorePage)

Tue 16/9   (9AM-5PM)

WP 5:  Training on first stakeholder workshop on the identification of soil threats and selection of applied and potential solutions with stakeholders (ISRIC)

Wed 17/9 (9AM-5PM)

WP 4/5:   Field visit to the Dutch RECARE study site at Olden Eibergen with integrated training on stakeholder interaction (WUR, ISRIC, UNIBE)

Thu 18/9   (9AM-5PM)

WP 4/5 and WP9:  How to use the WOCAT approaches questionnaire (QA) (ISRIC); Training on identifying  policy implications during first stakeholder workshop (Ecologic)

Fri  19/9    (9AM-12PM)

WP 11:  Information dissemination, interaction, and training on uploading material to the RECARE stakeholder web platforms (UoG), wrap up of training week (ISRIC)



Logistic information

Venue of the training is at the campus of Wageningen University and Research centre (WUR). For those of you who visit Wageningen for the first time, directions to/from campus can be found here.

This map indicates where on the campus the different workshop sessions will take place on each day.

  • Rooms have been blocked for 20 participants in Hotel “de Wageningsche Berg”, but you are requested to make your own reservations before August 17th at the latest! Room rate is € 95,00  pp/pn incl. breakfast, excl.  € 2 tax pp/pn. Please make sure you mention “RECARE workshop” with your reservation. You can either phone the hotel for making the reservation (+31 317 495911), or send them an e-mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
  • Transport from/to the venue will be provided for on mornings/evening from Monday through to Friday.
    We have reserved 20 bicycles at the Hotel de Wageningsche Berg. Everyone should have biked in the Netherlands at least once in his/her life :) The bike ride from the hotel to the WUR campus is approx. 10 min. and goes almost entirely along separate bicycle tracks. Thomas will pick you up on Monday morning at 8:30. Should you nevertheless not feel comfortable riding a bike, please let us know beforehand so we can arrange alternative transport.
    For more information on how to reach your accommodation see the directions page of the hotel.
  • Other hotels are available in or near Wageningen, but you will have to arrange your own transport to and from the venue and/ or the city centre.
  • A basic lunch will be provided (packed lunch on Wednesday), as well as coffee and tea during morning and afternoon breaks.
  • A joint dinner will be organised for Tuesday evening. Please indicate during the registration process if you intend to participate, and also mention any dietary requirements you might have.


Registration for this training is required (before August 17th)!

Registration procedure:

  1. Go to the registration page (Click here: http://www.recare-project.eu.new/event-registration),
  2. Click the 'Register' button,
  3. Fill out the fields in the registration form and click Next, a summary of your registration will appear,
  4. If you agree, click Next again (otherwise, click Back and correct your entry).
  5. You have registered. You will recieve a confirmation e-mail from the system.

If a colleague wants to register who does not have a login for the RECARE website, you can generate a login for your collegue using the 'Register a colleague' button from the Partner Menu. After this, your colleague can login and register for the training himself/herself.

We will charge a workshop fee of € 180,- per person, which will cover:

  • Meeting room
  • Coffee/tea
  • Lunch
  • Excursion
  • Transfer from hotel to workshop venue and back
  • Workshop dinner

As mentioned, this will NOT include the hotel expenses; you will have to pay your own hotel bill, (other) evening meals, transport to and from Wageningen, as well as any local transport outside the regular arrangement. The workshop fee can be paid during the training, you will receive a receipt with the workshop fee.

Need help?
If you should have any questions on the contents of the seminar, please do not hesitate to contact Godert van Lynden, or Zhanguo Bai. Yolanda Karpes will be happy to help with any logistic issues you might encounter.